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They say windows are the eyes to your soul, and we believe they are also the highlight of many garage door projects! Add curb appeal to your home by choosing the right window design, placement, and size for your desire! From the big, beautiful windows of classic American carriage house doors to the geometrically shaped and varied placement of modern doors to personalization for you alone, all Fimbel window sections offer unmatched beauty and durability.

Before we get into what you will find in a window section of a Fimbel door, let's take a look at what you may be surprised not to find:

  • You will not find plastic inserts creating the design.
  • You will not find seams and cracks separating overtime through age and use where the design has been pieced together.
  • You will not find limitations in the size for the width or the height or the corners or the arch or the arches or virtually any other design feature you desire.


What you will NOT find makes your life more durable and more beautiful!

Presidential Series - Adams PR11S Trifold design.

Where many others use window inserts or have to joint the pieces together, our tops are made of solid, one-piece material. This means the entire face of the window section is one quality sheet of carved material to provide the highest quality and customization available.

Value

In the recently published Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine, Garage Door replacement sits at #1 with a whopping 93.8% Return on Investment at resale! Whoa! It is clear that curb appeal is greatly enhanced with a quality garage door!

One way to increase curb appeal is by adding a top section to make the door more inviting. Since 71% of American use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home, we proudly offer a warm invite with the nearly unlimited customization as well as beauty and durability of our top sections! 

Presidential Series - Lincoln PR12 with custom lites.

 What sets us apart

Others find themselves limited in their window design options, while we have crafted ourselves to be nearly limitless. Because of the single sheet application we can provide nearly any window configuration and design without inserts. The patented construction of Fimbel doors allows for either larger or smaller window options and are available in 1" height increments (all series) and 1" width increments (excludes the American Legends which offers 3" width increments) for greater flexibility.

The precision fit machining of the Estate Collection allows for a tight seam between the top section and the section below. Where others may have a rounded edge all of our doors with meeting rails will have a precise clean fit.

All of the sections of our doors including the top section provide you with a low maintenance lifestyle. Through basic cleaning and annual cleaning practices can keep the exterior looking smooth and clean, maintaining the cleanliness of the glass, gives the whole door a shine and the appearance of brand new.

Euro-Dor Series - Euro Raised Panel with Sunray top design.

Get Creative with our Construction

Using patented processes we blend old school craftsmanship with new-school innovations to offer you more in your garage door! You can choose from either the Traditional or Euro style top (shown below) as well as a C-profile or a V-profile (shown below) to complement the details of your home! While we offer a vast library of standard designs from carriage to traditional to modern, we don't stop there!

To truly make this your own, custom designs and arches are available in nearly any configuration of simulated divided lites, but we also invite you to explore our options for scroll tops, architectural designs, and unique window options. You can further make it your own by choosing specialty glass for your door! As you can see from the variety of samples shown below, if you can dream it, we can make it! 

C-grille profile has a rounded design and the V-grille profile has a sharp design.
Traditional style and Euro style tops are available; various design options.

Take a peak!

Depending on the style of your home and door, windows can truly add to the look of a home's overall appearance whether it's at the beach, the suburbs, or the mountains! Take a journey to get an idea of what's available for you!

One with an arch top and 16 lites (left) speaks to the traditional appearance of the home. The other (right), with the complementary transom with rectangular lites, shines with a modern edge. These two literally live beside each other, are built from the same model door, and have been individually selected to complete the varied appearance of the exteriors. Imagine how this style could complement your home with the right design! 

Euro-Dor Series - EU505-Athens (left) with 32” Euro top (16 lites) and EU504-Brussels (right) with 26” Custom top (2 lites).

At Fimbel ADS, much like at Burger King, you can have it 'your way'! We pride ourselves on offering you more in your garage door, and want to inspire you to think beyond the traditional and carriage style designs of many doors today and explore a door with a modern twist!

Euro-Dor Series - Modern Style with staggered lites and custom glass.

Typically window sections will be designed and installed at the top of the door, but there is no limit to where you can add the windows or the window section! In the image below, the double window section adds to the farmhouse feel of the home!

Euro-Dor Series - Santorini EU18S with double window section with custom lites.

To spruce up the interior and bring in the appearance of true divided lights, we offer an interior grille insert (grille is the technical name for the narrow stips that create the panes of a window). Don't be fooled though, this is not a plastic insert pieced together to complement your design. The same quality of the exterior, visible grille and whatever design and configuration you've chosen, can be replicated on the interior of your Fimbel Door. This small upgrade finishes off the door with a clean, high-end look.

Roaring Twenties Series - interior grille inserts.

Remember that 'single sheet' construction we mentioned earlier? Here's one area we allow it to shine! Using the same process used to create the standard window designs, we can carve intricate scrollwork (and more) into the design. Using a two-tone paint application, we can then make it look like wrought iron for an elegant and timeless look.

Presidential Series - Roosevelt PR13A with two tone paint and custom scrollwork.

We love to honor history and the incredible evolution of architecture over time, so preserving history through restorations makes our hearts swell. But we know those projects can often have unique openings and demands from local historic preservation organizations. For this we are able to customize the size of the door as well as any arches or designs. Custom and elliptical arches are available as well as Colonial corners and so much more! 

American Legends Series - McCormick LV15A with custom top.
Roaring Twenties Series - Detroit RT11S with Traditional style top and custom arches.

Not only does a window section add to the overall design of the door, adding this element will add natural light to your garage!

American Legends Series interior.

Insulated Glass Package:

With options for an insulated glass package you can avoid condensation and other unsightly results when combining a heated or temperature controlled garage with insulated glass. This package will add a more robust set of interior hardware to accommodate the weight of the insulated glass itself, but we can engineer our way around anything and make sure your door functions as it should. For more information, you can catch up on the conversation by reading our Condensation Blog.

With this package you can improve energy efficiency and avoid condensation as well as keep heat in during the winter and keep heat out during warmer temperatures. Managing the temperature of your garage reduces the demands on your home's heating system and finances. 

Euro-Dor Series - Athens EU505 with custom arch top and faux stain.

Here's what NOT to do:

Brace yourselves - the following images may be upsetting to anyone who loves garage doors the way we do. Each of these projects could be properly designed to complement the opening rather than simply closing it, and we have the solutions to do just that at Fimbel ADS.

This first example is just all wrong. The American Legends doors were made as they were ordered, but the options to make it right were not addressed.

  1. Note that the doors are even with one another - the driveways are at different elevations. This small impact shows the difference in the reveal (the exposed material) at the top. We could have addressed this issue by adjusting the size of each section to keep the sections like up and the reveal at the top even with the other.
  2. Note that the corners of the window section are covered by the opening's Colonial Corner design (sometimes referred to as clipped, Dutch, or chamfered corner). This issue is seen all too often and can be easily addressed by sending us the measurements to complement the opening. 

In our experience over the last (almost) 100 years in the industry, we believe that custom openings deserve custom arches. As seen in this image, the custom arch of the opening is not the same as the standard arch we offer. Do you see the difference in the reveal from the middle to the sides? This could have been easily addressed with a few basic measurements. We believe your home deserves the best. That is all…

And one more with the arch issue mentioned above. This project has a custom 'salmon' color factory finish to complement the bronze details around the home's architecture; however, the ample reveal in the middle is in contrast to the lack of reveal at the corners. This small aspect detracts from the quality that surrounds the detail.

Let's do it!

You will not find a more durable, customizable, and sustainable door in the garage door industry.Using our one piece construction method to eliminate the gaps at joints and unsightly plastic inserts of other door models, our interior grille option enhances the character and depth of the top section!

We pride ourselves on the ability to offer you solutions! We offer everything from

creative designs to funky features to matching uneven floors and odd heights and widths. Whether it is aligning with the requests of the local historical society, fulfilling a technical

or design challenge, or simply satisfying a whim, we are enthusiastic about taking on your vision and building to your one-of-a-kind requirements!

Find a dealer by visiting our dealer locator and let's get started on your perfect door! 

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Investing in the Garage Door

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Garage doors have come a long way. For decades they simply stood sentinel to welcome vehicles and hide our belongings. Today, 71% of families use the garage as the primary entrance to the home, and the role of the door has changed. Now we see design innovation and manufacturing excellence furnishing garages with absolute beauty and supreme function. At Fimbel ADS we are committed to carrying forth the quality and craftsmanship our great-grandfather built our family business upon while blending in the marvels of today's manufacturing capabilities. You will not find a more beautiful or durable door in the market, and we are sure it will only bring satisfaction to your life.

As summer moves toward fall, and we embrace the chills of autumn, making sure the garage is efficient, secure, and safe should be on the honey-do list. For some garages it may be a simple repair or tweek, but rest assured when you replace your door with a quality, high end door, it will be worth it's weight in gold! "Compared with 22 other common home-improvement projects, an upscale garage door replacement offers one of the biggest bangs for your buck and costs much less than many other home improvement projects" according to the Remodeling Magazine's 2021 Cost vs. Value Report. Coming in at #1 with a 93.8% ROI at resale, the garage clearly deserves some attention! 

Before and After: Roaring Twenties Series - Charleston RT12S with custom Faux Stain Factory Finish.

Whether you are building (or rebuilding) your dream home, we want to help enhance your curb appeal, ensure sustainability and energy efficiency, and allow for a low-maintenance lifestyle. With a Fimbel door you can count on more!

The most obvious reason to replace your garage door is to improve the curb appeal of the home. The term applies to the aesthetic appeal of a residential or commercial building as perceived from the street, and it was made popular in the 90's with the release of HGTV's show "Curb Appeal". As you may know, the entry door of most homes only constitutes 8% of the home's frontage while the garage door often consumes 30%, we can see the potential for impact with a new door. With the impressive ROI, utilizing the capabilities we offer through our manufacturing as well as additional options such as finishing and hardware, updating the garage door is a slam dunk! To learn more about designing like an architect, please enjoy the attached blog post where we take you through the process!

Make it Matter:

Your choice today in a quality garage door will impact you for years to come. Not only is the style and design of the door critical to the overall appearance of the home, the longevity of the door, the durability of the door, and the reputation of the manufacturer matter. We have been manufacturing doors since 1924, and we know that the right door with basic, annual maintenance will lead to satisfaction and efficiency for the long haul.

Choosing the right material is critical. Our doors are manufactured with materials that will last. Regardless of geographic location, Fimbel doors offer energy efficacy and durability no matter the proximity to water, snow, or high winds. Whether you choose the American Legends or the Estate Collection, all Fimbel doors are designed to last from the construction to the materials we have chosen because your satisfaction is our goal!

Before and After: American Legends Series - Vanderbilt LV12S with Traditional top.

Make it Your Own:

First choose your style. While there are many, many design options available in our lineup, there are three basic styles of garage doors in our industry: Traditional, Carriage, and Modern.

Traditional garage doors represent the designs of the second half of the 1900's using raised panel and recessed panel designs. Carriage style garage doors will have an overlay look representative of the doors used on barns for a timeless look. Finally, Modern style garage doors can run the gamut but often have clean lines, smooth surfaces, and interesting windows. 

American Legends Recessed Panel; American Legends Carriage Style; Euro-Dor Series Modern.

With Fimbel ADS we can accommodate any of the design styles you desire. Our doors have the sought after look of painted wood without the maintenance. Our Euro, Presidential, and Roaring Twenties series give you the liberty to design to your heart's delight. Our American Legends series comes not only in the classic carriage style but also recessed panel and modern while offering customizations!

Our finishing options give way for your design to take flight with a standard color, custom color, or hand applied faux stain of your choice. Using sustainable paint products and proprietary application processes, our finish will last and bring peace of mind. To find out more about our finishing options, here's another blog post to help paint the full picture for you!

Finishing color and stain options.

Color isn't the only way to make a Fimbel door your own. We offer you the opportunity to design your door down to the smallest detail. Whether you want to customize the top section to allow for more or less light, or you want to redesign the top section completely to incorporate scrollwork or a custom design, we have the options for you.

Another way to make it your own is to add decorative hardware to the face of the door. To simplify the installation and application of the add-on features, we can customize our rails and designs to accommodate their size and even pre drill the holes to guarantee a polished final look. To complete the package for the hardware, you have the option to powder coat the track system in virtually any color though we like clean white and solid black!

Make it Smarter:

Our organization hangs our hat on safety and quality not only in how we make our product, and we want you to feel the benefits of that. Fimbel doors are manufactured to be safety first. You, your family, your home, and your belongings will rest safely behind our door. Our doors are engineered for durability! We know that poorly fitted doors are not only unsightly but also allow unwanted openings. Since we can match nearly any opening, weather, burglars, and bugs will not have access to your home through the garage door!

Fimbel doors offer you a low-maintenance lifestyle. The clean appearance of the door should last for years to come with a gentle clean with mild soap and water. No harsh abrasives or undue elbow grease necessary. This aspect may be overlooked, but when we consider the supply chain for cleaning products, the effort to implement the cleaning, and the residual waste moving into the earth, we see our processes make way for sustainability. 

Before and After: Roaring Twenties Series - Hartford RT11A with Traditional Top.

Another way that we encourage sustainability is in the benefits you will feel toward energy efficiency! To get a basic idea, the older the door the more likely it is that money is seeping out through it. Our doors are made with insulation that is laminated and completely fill the cavity inside the door to keep air from moving around and through the door. A well-insulated door will reduce energy costs as well as maintain temperatures set in the garage. We want to help you keep cool air in during the summer and cold air out during the winter!

One of the longest lasting aspects of our doors is the contribution made upon purchase. For every door we sell, we work with our partners at One Tree Planted to plant a tree on your behalf. We know the resources generously given my Mother Nature need replenishing, and we want to pay it forward!

To back this beautiful, energy efficient, and low-maintenance lifestyle, we offer you a robust warranty that will satisfy! Regardless of your geographical location, we offer a warranty for our products coast to coast and proudly stand behind our warranty.

Make it a Fimbel:

Don't compromise aesthetic appeal for practical needs - you can have it all with a Fimbel door. With our designs, you can find the right door to offer you more. If energy efficiency is what you are after, we have you covered. If your geographic location is limiting your choices, we have you covered. If you are driven by value and longevity, we have you covered. Or if you simply want to make your neighbors jealous, we've got that, too! We are here to provide the door to support your lifestyle and desires – no matter your opening or aspiration, we have you covered!

Find a dealer near you by using our dealer locator! 

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Design your Door in Six Easy Steps

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Are you ready to replace your existing garage door? Or are you designing and building your dream garage? Have you been overwhelmed with how to find the right one? We make it easy because what we make is designed for you, your home, and your satisfaction. 

With almost 100 years of manufacturing and engineering excellence, our four-generation family business has been a recognized leader and innovator in the garage door industry. Since our humble beginnings in Hillside, NJ, when we started producing doors for The Overhead Door Company, to our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities today, Fimbel Architectural Door has earned a reputation for quality and design excellence.

Whether your needs are residential or commercial, carriage style or modern design, historic restoration or new application, we can create the perfect garage door experience for you. We will design and build your door using low-maintenance, energy-efficient materials, manufactured in a sustainable way. 

When we build, we build for beauty and durability that will last because we care about your satisfaction as well as our environment. From our processes to our products, we reduce, reuse, and recycle everything we can. We run on solar, and we love to help reduce your overall maintenance efforts and costs.

Consider the longevity of the door by inquiring about the maintenance required. We believe a low-maintenance lifestyle is the way to go, so we build for ease and confidence. It is also valuable to understand what happens if a section is damaged and needs to be replaced. Many manufacturers without the details we have often cannot replace a single section requiring the purchase of a new door. With few exceptions, we think that is bogus! If you need a replacement section, we will gladly work with you to make it right (note: our hand applied faux stain may not be that easy as it is custom artistry, so we may need another section to match it).

We are so confident in our products that we offer you a robust warranty regardless of geography or design. You can rest well knowing our family has your back for years to come!

Ready to dig in? Here are six easy steps to help you through the journey to your garage door!

For more information behind these steps, please visit our website, but here is the gist to get your gears turning!

Step 1: What's Behind the Door?

How do you want to use your garage? Like 71% of Americans, will the garage door be the primary entrance to the home? Do you live an active lifestyle (snowmobiles, ATVs, golf carts, boats)? Establishing the lifestyle you want to enjoy will help you determine the garage needs. If it will be a living space or man-cave, designing the door with insulation is key. If it is a workspace, lighting will be important. For car lifts and home gyms, hi-lift track might be needed!

Whatever the relationship is with your garage, choosing the right door can make all the difference!

Step 2: Determine Your Budget

Having a budget helps your sales representative guide recommendations. A few things to consider as you approach the project are:

  • Expect to pay more for insulated garage doors, double doors, or custom sizes and designs.
  • Higher quality materials and manufacturing processes can influence a budget.
  • Low-maintenance materials and processes are engineered to bring convenience to your life by requiring less of you, but these higher grade products may influence the budget.
  • Stain and paint options are readily available as an upgrade.
  • The Insulated Glass Package for an insulated or heated garage may be needed depending on how you want to use the garage space.

Step 3:Pick Your Garage Door Material (FOR RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS)

Your material will impact budget, appearance/style options, longevity, durability and annual maintenance.

  • Vinyl - BEST: Offers beauty, durability, and design flexibility with the look of painted wood but is weather-resistant, so it will not rot, split, or crack like wood. It is virtually maintenance-free and comes naturally white.
  • Wood Composite - BETTER: Has the look and design flexibility of wood or vinyl, but unlike wood it does not require maintenance. Requires initial finishing but can be painted or faux stained regardless of exposure to head and the environment. It will not rot, split, crack, or rust.
  • Vinyl-Coated Steel - BETTER: Smooth, natural white finish offers exceptional beauty and options for paint or faux stain finishing. Budget-friendly with many of the benefits of vinyl and steel combined. Weather resistant, durable, dent-resistant, will not rot, split, crack, or rust.
  • Wood - GOOD: Beautiful when new but requires ongoing maintenance to remain in good condition and to avoid rotting, splitting, or cracking. Can be painted or stained and provides many design options. Wood doors are the original overhead door.
  • Stamped Steel - GOOD: A lower-cost alternative but does not have the curb appeal of other options. Limited in style options. Little to no maintenance required but is prone to corrosion, rust, and denting, leading to a shorter life-cycle. Can be finished.


We choose Versatex as our Vinyl (unfinished doors in the Estate Collection), Vinyl Coated Steel (for our American Legends Series), and Tricoya as our Wood Composite (finished doors in all series) based on the tried and true benefits of each product. These materials offer ease and confidence to our processes and your experience. 

Step 4: Overcome Environmental Considerations

It is clear that Mother Nature is on a rampage, and we aim to keep her out of your garage and home; however, we also want to protect and preserve her. Purchasing a Fimbel Door will bring you that confidence. From our partnership with One Tree Planted to our processes to our products, we reduce, reuse, renourish, and recycle everything we can, but our doors are engineered to withstand what life and the environment throw at them. Choosing the right material and the right construction is key to a door that can endure the unknown of our environmental conditions.

Step 5: Choose Your Design and Options

Every Fimbel door we make is uniquely crafted for you. Our doors come in a range of styles and price points with capabilities for customizations to satisfy your design desires. Using multiple design patents with materials and processes engineered for beauty and durability, we offer you more. Residential or Commercial. Carriage Style to Modern Design. Historic Restoration or New Build. Our doors satisfy the need.

Using your unique design perspective, ambition, and talent, we offer you the opportunity to complete your vision with the quality and capabilities needed to truly round out your final project. Our doors allow you to capture architectural features used in original period designs or contemporary trends. For example, your windows can be nearly any configuration, any design, and nearly any location to tie features through the home to the garage door! You can accommodate any opening by customizing in 1" height and width increments or matching an uneven floor with a scribed bottom. The face of the door is fully customizable whether it's adding logos and routed designs to geometric shapes and windows to waves or anchors - you name it!

 Step 6: Door Finishing Options

As you dream of your door coming to life, don't forget to consider your options. We are very proud of our factory finish and offer it in both standard and custom paint options but also in an array of hand-applied faux stains. The result is the finest finish in the industry and brings a furniture-like finish to exterior architecture. With a strong warranty and compassion for the earth, our paint is an excellent addition to your garage door.

Using heat-reflective high-performance paint, all Factory Finished products will be delivered with a clean finish to last! While most of our products do not require finishing and may remain natural white, adding color to your project can add the wow-factor that you are after! Our vast and ever-expanding color palette includes blacks, charcoals and dark greens as well as faux stains to truly replicate the look of wood without the maintenance. With solutions for replacement of damaged sections to navigating tough exposures to Do-It-Yourself options, our finish will brighten up your home and increase durability. To read more about it, enjoy this blog.

Read more about our finishing options  

Read more about our American Legends Series and our Estate Collection Series to find your perfect door!

In the world of Fimbel, we do not believe in many limitations. We believe that if you can dream it, we can make it. What makes us different is that we build doors that last, reduce impact on the earth, and require very low maintenance and increased durability allowing you peace of mind. We have the best warranty on the market because we stand behind the product we make. We look forward to seeing your creativity and being able to give you a More in a Garage.

Find a Dealer and enjoy! 

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Meet the Fimbel Family

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With almost 100 years of manufacturing and engineering excellence, our four-generation family
business has been a recognized leader and innovator in the garage door industry. Since our humble
beginnings in Hillside, NJ when we started producing doors for The Overhead Door Company, to our
manufacturing facilities today, Fimbel Architectural Doors has earned a reputation for quality and design
excellence. Whether your needs are residential or commercial, carriage style or modern design, Historic
restoration or new application, we can create the perfect garage door experience for you.
In 1924, 10 years after Ford's first moving assembly line came to life, Edward Fimbel, Sr. purchased the
very first franchise from the inventor of the overhead garage door. Then known as the Overhead Door

Company of Hillside, he built a business and a legacy on craftsmanship and quality. 

Image: Three “E. Fimbel Presidents” of Fimbel Manufacturing: Erin Fimbel, Ed Fimbel III, Ed Fimbel Jr.
The company moved to modern facilities in Whitehouse Station, NJ in 1969 where we still operate today
as. In this location, Edward Fimbel, Jr. lead the company through decades of cultural and political
turmoil, and at the age of 95, he remains a staple in the office and as a resource. To learn more about

our origins, check out this article.

Image: Paul Fimbel (brother; aged 102) and Ed Fimbel Jr. in 2016.

 In 2004, Edward Fimbel III foresaw the increase in popularity of carriage doors and founded Fimbel

Architectural Door Specialties manufacturing patented doors from composite materials and continuing
the commercial product line with a more focused product offering.  Thanks to the creativity and wealth
of knowledge he possesses, there are now many collections of beautiful, virtually maintenance free, and
sustainable garage doors continuing the family tradition.
As Ed transitions to retirement, he will continue to be involved with Fimbel new product development
on a limited basis in 2021. Ed looks forward to turning his attention to some of his other passions,
including activities as an amateur archeologist working with the Flemington Historical Society dating
artifacts and curating educational exhibits. During his leisure time he also expects to be spending more
time with his wife, grandchildren and three siblings, as well as sharpening his skills at skiing, tennis, and
golf.
Image: Ed Fimbel III, traveling in Africa in 2019.

Today, Erin Fimbel and Michaela Birdyshaw, Ed Fimbel III's daughters have taken the company to the
next level despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With focus on continuous improvement and
growth, they are carrying on the family traditions and bringing today's business mind to the table.

Image: Erin Fimbel, Ed Fimbel III, and Michaela Birdyshaw (really - it’s a proud dad and his daughters at Christmas 2019).

Erin, as President of Fimbel ADS, has grown through the ranks to this position with grace and dedication.
She was quoted once saying, ""It is important to both embrace and challenge tradition," and she has
done so with grace and determination.
Her willingness to listen, to adapt, and to grow has been a true asset to the company and beyond. Her
passion for the industry has brought her to board positions for both the Professional Door Association of
New England and the International Door Association where she serves on several committees.
Erin's love of dogs has become a staple for the business. "My foster pups often come to work with me",
said Erin. "The team loves our four-legged additions to the family. They interact, walk, play, and love our
fosters as well as help promote and find them homes." It is a friendly, furry reminder to lead with
compassion and discipline to attain your goals!
Michaela, as Vice President of Marketing, left the classroom as a high school teacher and headed to the
family conference room as the Office Manager. Today, she shares her excitement for words and
creativity and people through any open channel which helps to breed a family, fun, and effective culture
both within the company and with our network and partners.
What we share as a family goes well beyond the business and into all parts of our life. Our shared love of
Mother Earth is exemplified by our dedication to green manufacturing with solar panels, eco-friendly
materials, and so much more. Our pride for the past and hope for the future hold us accountable to one

another, our team, and our partners. Our joy for life is present always - despite the trials and tribulations
we all face. Our commitment to safety is seen everywhere in and out of our business. Our dedication to
quality is a guiding light. Our people are the heart and soul of all that we are, and it shows in the
teamwork and dedication shown. All of this becomes a piece in the puzzle of our incredible products.

Image: Employee wall at the Whitehouse, NJ factory.
Our ability to design and engineer custom applications makes us a favorite among architects and design-
build firms. We make the Fimbel ADS's engineering department available to provide insights and
inspiration to architects and engineers seeking to solve a tough challenge or simply needing to design a

completely unique door from advanced materials. Enjoy a quick, informal 'tour' of our showroom.

Image: Euro-Dor styles shown (top left to right) Modern Flush design, sectional and swing doors, (bottom left to right) sections and swing doors with decorative hardware, faux stain, and Euro Raised Panel with custom top.
In 1924, traditions began. The world meets the first ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, and our
family meets the world. Our commitment remains to that time-honored tradition today. We will design
and build your door using low-maintenance, energy efficient materials, manufactured in a sustainable
way because we know the past is what got us here, and the future depends upon our good choices. We

look forward to our family working with your family to create something truly special.

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Fall for Fimbel Finishing

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For nearly a century, our family has manufactured garage doors, and in that time, we have learned a great deal about the industry through our partners, products, and passions. Today, we
are proud to package with our environmentally friendly garage doors a paint and faux stain coating that will endure the elements using molecular bonded paint to stand the test of time.

Using D200 High performance finish with our proprietary system, all Factory Finished products will be delivered with a clean finish to last! While most of our products do not require finishing
and may remain natural white Versatex, adding color to your project can add the wow-factor that we are after! Our vast and ever-expanding color palette includes blacks, charcoals, and dark
greens as well as faux stains to truly replicate the look of wood without the maintenance. With solutions for replacement of damaged sections to black paint in tough exposures, we are sure
our finishing options will satisfy you with beauty and durability!

Almost as many colors as the Fall Foliage

The finishing program offers myriad options to satisfy the needs of your project. From solid colors covering the entire door or perhaps used in a two-tone application, we offer custom color matching in addition to our extensive standard offerings. 

Roaring Twenties RT11A St. Louis with V-Grooves and Factory Finish in a custom color

The magic of this paint system is the versatility to allow us to create our faux stain! Using a two part process of the same paint we use to coat our doors, our team of Artisans use their trained
hands to apply first the grain design and then the top coat offering the final overall richness of color. The result of this process allows us to increase grain depth or decrease it as needed as well as custom color match to your desired finish. 

Euro Dor Traditional Raised Panel GR24 Long Panel with custom Faux Finish


Love in Every Door!

Fimbel doors are hand crafted and every detail perfected from our patented construction through the processes all the way to our logistics operations, so it's no doubt we apply this
same level of quality to our finishing. You can count on an Architectural coating with a cabinet finish unseen in other exterior applications. The detail applied to the multiple applications to
achieve this look is engineered for the strongest adhesion and cleanest finish. 

We know that vinyl garage doors tend to respond adversely to the extreme temperature and weather conditions they face. This began as an obstacle that has since turned into an
opportunity. While our VERSATEX PVC doors are crafted to remain in their natural white, we found a solution to the projects requiring dark colors in tough exposures. Using Tricoya and our
proprietary finish system, we have not yet found a stain or a color request we couldn't satisfy!
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We Love our Planet!

Our factory finish, made with D200 High performance paint, is an exterior waterborne coating system designed for sustainability and aesthetics. It's extremely fast air dry and quick clean up
offers efficient processes for in-factory and DIY finishing. Additionally it is formulated with heat reflective pigments to minimize heat gain for dark colors and is considered non-hazardous by
EPA standards allowing for the vast color options in our palette. Above all else, D200 exceeds all environmental and performance standards, and the result is absolutely stunning!

Highlights of our Finishing System:

Using our application, we deliver a cabinet-like finish
Long lasting for continued satisfaction
Custom color matching available
Water-based coating
Safe, odorless, and non-toxic
Passes test requirements for AAMA615 (Organic Coatings on Plastic Substrates)
Low heat absorption due to heat reflectant pigments
Excellent adhesion and abrasion resistance
Excellent elasticity can withstand thermal expansion
Excellent impact resistance

Environmental Advantages:

Low VOC
Non-flammable
Lead and chromate free
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You Will Love Your Door!

Our paint and faux stain options will blow your mind! With this paint system, we are able to offer you all the benefits and beauty of real wood without the regular maintenance. The finish has a
warranty of 15 years for adhesion, cracking, peeling, and reasonable fading. Additionally, this product can be refinished as time and trends roll on. Add all of these benefits to the long
standing quality of our garage doors, and you will be sure to find satisfaction.

If you are looking for a little color inspiration, please enjoy our recent blog on 2021 Exterior Color Trends.

For more details and to take a peek at our standard paint and stain offerings, visit our website at www.fimbelads.com.
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Fall Garage Door Maintenance: Hire a Pro

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During the COVID quarantine of 2020, you may be among the masses who took a deep dive into the home improvement projects that have stock-piled during our regularly scheduled lives. From painting rooms to planting seeds, we kept our local home improvement stores busy!

Maintaining operations as an essential business throughout, we also heard the stories from our dealers about homeowners revamping their garages. While we fully support the desire to DIY, we urge caution when it comes to the garage door. If you are eager for the reorganization of your garage, please visit our Pinterest page for lots of ideas (it's possible I may be an organization fanatic), but if you need your garage door serviced or replaced, we have some tips for you!

1. Safety First

In our organization, safety is our guiding light. All of our decisions must first pass through the net of safety. If it isn't safe...it doesn't happen. With this mindset, we encourage you to hire a professional for your garage door needs. While regular maintenance can be handled at home, such as the checking of the photo-eyes or confirming the track is lubed, when it comes to springs, track, and the sections, finding a pro is key.

While many feel the installation of a garage door simply couldn't be rocket science, we have to disagree. We work with many experienced professionals who will share stories told to them of hands being crushed between sections, fingers being lost when a spring is wound too tight, and whole sections being damaged beyond repair when they fall out of the opening. All of these occurrences are avoidable when done by a professional.

2. Not all openings are created equal

There is a good chance, if you have a newer home, that the opening of your garage door will either be 8' x 7' or 9' x 8' if you have a single door or 16' x 8' for a double door. For the most part this is easy when the opening is standard. What gets complicated if there are any imperfections in the level of the floor, the room above the door, and the area designated for the track. Any limitations here may require special set-ups or perhaps a special door.

To be sure your door moves safely, quietly, and consistently, the right tracks, springs, door sections, and operator will be necessary. A professional will be able to assess and prescribe the correct combination for your project. If there are questions, our engineers are standing by to help resolve issues and find solutions!

3. Experience brings efficiency

In a perfect world, life runs smoothly - like clockwork. But we know the world is not a perfect one. During most garage door installations, some aspects of the install may need adjusting. From snipping bottom rubber to accommodate hardware, clipping extra length of bar off the operator in a low ceiling garage to avoid hitting the car, or replacing angle iron to secure the install. Additionally, most installations require working with electricity which should always demand a professional.

Many of these on-site obstacles require the tools and materials to navigate without delaying the install. When the installer is prepared, you can be sure the efficiency (and cost) of the job remains on point.

4. Know when to repair and when to replace

We know it's not always clear when to replace or when to repair. Making this decision on your own may prove fatal. If you have concerns about the state of your door, please call a professional if any of these 'symptoms' occur:

  • It reverses direction
  • It's slow to open
  • It closes or opens by itself
  • You can see track misalignment
  • It makes strange noises
  • It has temperature inconsistencies
  • It's warped or weather damaged in some way


5. Warranties are your friend

Most garage doors and installations come with a warranty; however, most will be voided if repairs are attempted by the homeworner. In most cases, the installer will offer a service agreement during the warranty period, and the manufacturer will offer a warranty as well. Maintaining this coverage can truly help you maintain the life and safety of your garage door investment.

Find the Right Pro

When you seek out the professional to service or sell you your garage door, we encourage you to ask a lot of questions to vet out the right partner for your project.

      What company reviews are available?

What service packages are included with the installation?

What warranty comes with the installation and the parts?

Does the installer offer a satisfaction guarantee?

What can be done in advance of the installation to prepare?

How long has the company been in business?

How much experience does the installer have?

Are they licensed and insured?

When you attempt the repair or replacement of your garage door, you may end up lucky and only endure some frustrations and added finances, but we caution you as the risks may prove far more damaging. At Fimbel ADS, we have nearly a century of experience to help us guide you through the journey. Our doors are constructed to last, and we strive for your safety and satisfaction.

To find a dealer, please head to our website!

To learn more about our products please visit our Instagram page @FimbelADS. Follow along for more tips and beauty shots! 

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One Door - One Tree

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One family value that drives who we are is a shared respect for and devotion to the earth and its beings – human and animal. This core value is seen today in our commitment to reducing our footprint as we honor the past and move to the future. To sustain this balance, our focus is all about quality and safety. These two measures are applied to not only the products we manufacture, but the processes and people involved. Our priorities are clear: supporting the environment, our global and local community, our team members, and our partners. Each of these priorities drives us to succeed only to the betterment of all.

Going Green is more than a slogan:

Through our partnership with One Tree Planted (501c3) we do our part to restore our generous forests and our planet. It is undeniable that mother nature's bounty has provided for the garage door industry and our family since we both began manufacturing overhead doors in the early 1920's. Today, every single door sold by Fimbel Architectural Doors plants a tree through the hard work and commitment of our tree-loving partners. Together, we hope to make the world more beautiful and sustainable one door and one tree at a time.

At the end of the day, we love going Green! From our strategy for logistics to the fact that we run on SOLAR and pass along our unused power back to the grid. We conserve on single use plastics, convert practices to paperless, purchase compostable products when single use is necessary, and so much more. 

We know we cannot change the world with only a door, but we can challenge how we operate to make the world a healthier place. We do this with a focus to improve efficiency to reduce supply chain demand, retain and empower our Team, and build stronger communities. Our quality allows us to get it right the first time because our goal is to pave the way for the next generation.

We can always do more:

Because we know that planting trees to rehabilitate our forests is only one way to help the earth heal, we also back our donations with our efforts. We built an energy smart manufacturing process to endure and to save. For example, because of our processes and commitment to sustainability, our product results in honest and verified R-Values ranging from 8.12-13.12. This allows a reduction in wasted energy especially when combined with an energy efficient garage.

Our quality insulation serves to reduce negative energy consumption, and our windload package allows our doors to withstand extreme winds and provide a safer community by enhancing the stability of the garage.

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 Our products are all low-maintenance resulting in a rather stress free ongoing relationship. They are easy to clean with gentle soap and water or perhaps Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are needed for stubborn spots. All Fimbel doors are made to be naturally unfinished and virtually maintenance free which reduces processes and requirements for harsh chemicals and finishes. When you do choose to finish our products, our water based and eco-friendly paints bring beauty and peace of mind!

All of these decisions are made to support our internal efficiency drive which will reduce our contribution to the landfills and our precious waterways. Our goal is to conserve resources in how we function, how the supply chain is managed, and how the door will continue our efforts when it becomes yours.

In our day to day operations, we make both big and small decisions to continue the efforts of our partnership with One Tree planted. Most notably, we run on solar, and we pass along our extra collected energy. We initiated this many years ago when it became clear we had to do more than manage our robust recycling program, reduce our logistics, and purchase sustainable supplies and goods. With our solar program, we are reminded daily to make good decisions. 

About One Tree Planted:

One Tree Planted is a nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now." – Darrell Putman.

We cannot look at this and say we are late to the game: We must look at this and say what else can we do? We partnered with One Tree Planted to do our part to restore our generous forests and our planet. Together, we hope to make the world more beautiful and long lasting one door and one tree at a time. To learn more, visit onetreeplanted.org.

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Condensation and your Garage Door

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Over our 97 years in manufacturing, we have learned that condensation can be an issue in many garages. While many associate the presence of condensation with a manufacturing defect, it is important to understand the issues surrounding condensation and how it may impact your garage and garage door.


What is condensation?

Condensation occurs when the moisture in the air is in contact with a cold surface and water droplets accumulate. It often occurs in a warm garage with high humidity, which is the concentration of water in the air, and a colder surface such as the glass section of your garage door. Essentially, it is characteristic of a warm, humid garage and a cooler garage door surface due to a colder exterior temperature. The lower the outside humidity, the faster the interior humidity will be drawn out causing noticeable droplets. People often assume the windows are leaking, but in reality, it is quite likely condensation.


Why worry?

More garages today are conditioned, often heated, as opposed to garages of the past, so this issue is unfamiliar to most. Understanding the impact of a conditioned garage and the environmental region can preserve the longevity of your door and the garage. Consistent condensation can cause structural damage to various aspects of the garage and the garage door.

Unlike the entry door to the home, the garage door will not maintain the same controlled conditions as the garage holds more humidity and additional variables than the entry door.

Condensation can present itself from a variety of conditions. The geographic and environmental impact can play a part if additional moisture is brought in regularly from wet or snow-covered cars or boats. Use of a humidifier or refrigerator or freezer units can contribute to more condensation. It is not only what is in your garage that can impact the humidity and condensation. It can even present more prominently when the laundry room is located nearby the garage. While there are many other factors to consider such as the ventilation and vapor barriers in the garage, we have solutions!


What to do?

Now that you are educated on how condensation presents itself, we have some suggestions to mitigate the situation. We highly encourage the use of insulated glass on a glass section of your garage door. This decision alone can remedy the issue of condensation on your garage door. The insulated glass helps to balance out the humidity and temperature ratio and reduce condensation.

We also suggest utilizing quality weather-tight seals around the door, wiping snow and rain from cars, managing the appliances and heating systems, and opening the garage doors at intervals to balance out the humidity and temperature. If condensation persists, we suggest reaching out to your home builder or find an HVAC professional with whom to consult.


What door do I need?

You have a lot of options in the market today, but your best bet is a Fimbel door. Using advanced materials and technology together with classic craftsmanship, our doors are built to be beautiful and built to last. In this video, you will get a closer look how to buy a garage door, but here are the basics:

  • Our vinyl-coated steel platform on the American Legends offers the Carriage Style design we love with a smooth, clean appearance of the surface and overlays. Our standard offerings come in four sections with a customizable top section to accommodate any height and design preference.
  • The Estate Collection, built on a single sheet of smooth, white Versatex offers vast design capabilities. While nearly every aspect of these products can be customized from the height and width to the top section to the profiles on the face to whatever your heart desires, our standard offerings are three sections with big, beautiful windows.
  • All Fimbel tops are engineered to keep your door free of defects when properly installed and maintained.

Either construction method will bring you a low-maintenance, long-lasting, gorgeous door that will serve your garage needs both inside and out.

To find out more about our products, please use our dealer locator to find a dealer near you! 

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Why Insulation is Important

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Winter is coming! If you are a "Game of Thrones" fan like we are, you might feel extra panic about this statement. But for anyone with a garage, you are likely seeing a to-do list building at that statement! It means we need to clean out the garage of the summer toys and equipment (check out this blog for more on that) and make way for the cars to avoid the winter snow and frigid temperatures here in the North East. It also likely triggers the reminder of increased energy bills and chilly mornings.

Every single Fimbel door we manufacture comes fully insulated because our commitment to the environment and to your satisfaction is built in. The garage can have a large impact on the overall efficiency and comfort of the home. This aspect is often overlooked when considering the home's needs. While every aspect of your garage should be insulted: the walls, the ceiling, and the garage door, we are naturally going to focus on the garage door.


Why Insulate the Garage?

Since 71% of Americans use their garage as the primary entrance to their home, it makes sense that this transition into the home ought to be a comfortable one. Entering the garage with the car, closing the garage door, and then proceeding to the home creates what's called a vestibule effect. This small action of entering the garage and closing the door prior to entering the home allows the unwanted temperature to remain outside. An insulated door allows for a smoother transition from the temperatures of the outdoors and the conditioned climate of the home's interior.

Even if the garage is insulated and drywalled, utilizing an uninsulated garage door will leave the garage cold. Regardless of whether or not you spend a lot of time in your garage, the positive impact of an insulated garage door could potentially add more than 20 degrees to a garage with an outside temperature of 20 degrees. Starting a car that is 40+ degrees is far more appealing than starting a car resting at 20 degrees.

While creature comforts are lovely and certainly appeal to homeowners on those chilly winter mornings, the benefits of an insulated garage and garage door go beyond comfort. With proper insulation homeowners can save up to 20% on their electric bills and truly bring energy efficiency to their home.


What are the Benefits?

If what you have read so far isn't enough to convince you, let's look at some additional benefits of an insulated garage door.

  1. First things first - back to the creature comforts - when a garage door is insulated properly, you should be getting a more aesthetically pleasing interior to the garage. We offer a high impact, pre-finished white interior. We also offer to add our ⅜' Versatex (smooth, solid vinyl) to the interior to bring elegance to your garage.
  2. An insulated door will reduce noise during opening and closing. You shouldn't hear the rattle and transition through the track system as the sections will be more solid and not only prevent but absorb a great deal of residual noise.
  3. While the door is closed, an insulated door will control noise entering and leaving the garage space. The insulation acts as a barrier to capture the sound, so if your kids are forming a rock band, the neighbors will appreciate the reduced noise.
  4. As the technology of our cars and their batteries continue to change, we know that they function better in a climate controlled garage. Starting your morning off right will be easier with an insulated door.
  5. It helps at resale. We know, thanks to Remodeling Magazine's 2020 report, replacing your garage door with a quality high-end door is a slam dunk on the ROI (Return of Investment) at resale with a shocking 94.5%.
  6. The average age of today's US homebuyer is 47. Which means that many homebuyers today are Gen X and Millennial with a tendency toward sustainability and efficiency. Offering this aspect as an element of your 'smart' home adds value.

What Else is Needed?

For the most part, garage door manufacturers use a foam to insulate their garage doors, but this isn't enough. To get the most efficiency out of your garage door, it is important to understand more about R-Value, making the door weather tight, and insulating the glass sections.

R-Value measures the thermal efficiency (resistance to heat flow or temperature conduction of a product). It is used to represent energy efficiency and stands for Resistance Value and is represented in imperial units. It is calculated by the thickness and physical properties of the product. Simply put, a garage door with sufficient R-Value will keep heat inside the garage during winter and cool air inside during summer. Read more in our recent blog on R-Value.

But this isn't enough. Since the garage door will open and close and must remain mobile around all four sides, it is critical to maintain the perimeter weather-stripping and the bottom seal. Additionally, purchasing a door, such as a Fimbel door, with interlocking tongue and groove sections is very valuable. This design reduces the temperature and the weather from penetrating the garage.

The last suggestion we have to maximize your garage efficiency is to utilize insulated glass on any glass sections of your garage door. Failing this will not only cause issues with the temperature control, but it will also likely cause condensation in conditioned garages. For more on this, read our blog on condensation.


Why a Fimbel Door?

We have been manufacturing garage doors since our great-grandfather began his business in 1924. In that time we have made and insulated doors in many ways, but we know the value of protecting your home, your assets, and your finances. We are here to help you find satisfaction in your home.

Combining innovative materials and technology with classic craftsmanship, we have built two dynamic platforms upon which you can design your dream door. Our American Legends is built on vinyl-coated steel and adorned with smooth, solid overlays in your design choice. The Estate Collection, including our Euro-Dor, Presidential, and Roaring Twenties Series, offers a blank slate built on a hand-crafted wood frame and laminated with smooth, solid material to design nearly any style you wish.

To learn more, please find a dealer by using our dealer locator. We look forward to offering you more! 

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Reduce Holiday Stress to Enjoy what Matters Most

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We proudly manufacture a door that allows the low-maintenance and eco-friendly lifestyle for you for years to come (read more about those here)! We also want this same ease and confidence to find you in other aspects of your life and the approaching holiday season! Because we hold our family values above all else, we thought it would be prudent to share with you some tips to reduce holiday stress and increase connections and joy!

First things first - establish what is most important - your personal and family values. If you aren't clear on what these are, make a list of all the 'things' that need to be done and a list of all the values you hold close (this could be your family, your finances, your religion, or anything). Compare your lists and establish the events and expenses (financial, time, and emotional) that align with your true values and true joy. So make your list and check it twice!

Next - set yourself some boundaries. There are so many exciting and/or demanding ways for us to spend our time and energy during the holidays, but the hard truth is that you do not have to do any of them! Okay - don't miss Christmas with your grandparents or slack off on the food drive donations, but you do not have to attend every single thing you're invited to attend or contribute to! Just. Say. No.

Both of these first two steps are to help you avoid conflict internally and externally. When you are clear on what you want to do, the next step is to visualize how you want it to go. In any holiday gathering, there is the risk of conflict between friends and family (we are all usually wound pretty tightly this time of year); however, this year with even more heightened attention on COVID, politics, the economy, and more, our dinner tables may invite some awkward conversations. Get ahead of this by establishing the boundaries for the group and for you as an individual.

Now that you can visualize your calendar, it's time to plan ahead:

  1. Be sure to find time to be quiet and embrace the stillness of the season. Remember the Reason for the Season: it isn't about the quantity of the presents or your presence, but it most assuredly IS the quality of the experience.
  2. Purchase and wrap all presents before the date of the exchange.
  3. Purchase/Prep all food dishes, beverages, or other contributions to the event well in advance - you never know when Costco will be out of cocktail shrimp platters!
  4. Schedule time to exercise and eat well. If you let your gas tank run empty, you may find yourself stuck in the garage.

Finally - in all situations - find the joy! Celebrate the small gifts as much as the large ones. Recognize the lights strung about on the way to work or to run errands. Marvel in the flurries and the twinkling ice. Watch a Hallmark movie and feel (a little cheesy and) warm inside. Recognize the effort in others even when the experience isn't shining. And know that you have given yourself the gift of being present.

It may be odd for a garage door manufacturing company to be doling out holiday stress advice, but we are more than just that. We are people first - people who want to make the most of each day and build strong relationships. We are a company that spans four generations, and we have learned over time that the true value of our business is the work we do with and for our family (which includes our family of origin, our family at work, and our family of partners). 

As the holiday approaches, we wish each and everyone of you a stress-free holiday lifestyle that matches the stress-free lifestyle of our doors!

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Make your Neighbors Green with Envy: Sustainable Garage Doors

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As a fourth generation manufacturer we are acutely aware that we have taken from mother nature's bounty time and again. From our origins in manufacturing with wood doors to our time in steel and aluminum and beyond to our current processes that utilize composite materials, we know that we must preserve our precious Earth, and we know we have taken and must give back and continue to do better!

All Fimbel doors are constructed to be low maintenance today and tomorrow which means less stress and less waste! Our materials are innovative and developed with both the end user experience and our environment in mind. Our naturally white doors are made to be unfinished, but we offer a vast range of paints and stains in our unique system using water based and eco-friendly ingredients. Additionally, our headquarters and primary manufacturing plant draws 80% of electricity from solar panels on the roof to reduce our impact on Mother Earth.

Our hard word to reduce waste is not only built into the process but also into the resulting product which means less to the landfill and increases our product longevity. Choosing quality partners and instilling practices into our operations to reduce and conserve are critical to our goals.

Much of this vision is credit to Erin Fimbel, our President (and full disclosure: my sister). When she joined the company, an already existing mindset was converted to practices, innovations, and dedication as she brought our deeply held family values to life. Today she is leading us with clarity and commitment to these goals. "Continuous improvement, metrics-driven quality, and an exceptional customer experience will continue to be at the heart of everything we do." she recently stated. "Our family values are reflected in our commitment to our people, partners, and customers. We pride ourselves on doing what we say we will and providing a sustainable and reliable product that we stand behind."

From a sustainability standpoint, garage doors made of wood simply don't make sense. Wood rots, particularly in wet and humid environments, resulting in more frequent replacements. The garage doors made popular in the mid-20th century were made of steel, but steel rusts in the same places where wood rots. It also dents easily and has an undesirable fake wood grain often stamped into the face. Fortunately, there's a better, more beautiful option with our lineup of garage doors.

We use vinyl because it will not rot or rust, and while vinyl experiences seasonal expansion and contraction, it does so without cracking, and we have engineers our way around the obstacle. We even use vinyl to coat our steel section for the platform of our American legends series. Vinyl offers us the ability to make high-end products with the look and feel of a wood door, but our doors are maintenance-free and can survive in harsh environments, like the coast, where a wood door would deteriorate and standard steel would rust.

Every Fimbel door we make is fully insulated to support the demands of the many uses today for garage spaces. We also use top-grade components such as 11-gauge hinges where the industry standard is the thinner 13-gauge material. These are just a few ways we build in confidence to offer you a long lasting, beautiful door.

Through our partnership with One Tree Planted (501c3) we do our part to restore our generous forests and our planet. It is undeniable that mother nature's bounty has provided for the garage door industry and our family since we began manufacturing overhead doors in the early 1920's. Today, every single door sold by Fimbel Architectural Doors plants a tree through the hard work and commitment of our tree-loving partners. Together, we hope to make the world more beautiful and sustainable one door and one tree at a time #OneDoorOneTree.

We know we cannot change the world with only a door, but we can challenge how we operate in all aspects to make the world a healthier place. We do this with a focus to improve efficiency to reduce supply chain demand, retain and empower our Team, and build stronger communities. Our quality allows us to get it right the first time because our goal is to pave the way for the next generation.

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2022 Garage Door Trends

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We turned the page from 2021 to 2022 wondering where the time went! Wasn't it just December of 2019 as we looked with anticipation at the new decade? While many things have changed, one thing hasn't: The return on investment for a quality garage door leads the list of home renovation products. This is our FIRST TREND to note for 2022.

Remodeler Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value Report presented Garage Door Replacement in the #1 position 3 of the last 4 years.

  • 2021: 93.8% ROI (#1)
  • 2020: 94.5% ROI (#2 behind manufactured stone veneer)
  • 2019: 97.5% ROI (#1)
  • 2018: 98.3% ROI (#1)


It is clear that the world has finally caught on to what we have known all along (at least since 1924 when our Great-Grandfather started our family business): The garage door is a critical aspect of your home for its incredible function, efficiency, and safety, and it also happens to really boost curb appeal which results in a higher value added to your home.

We know that replacing your garage door is a no-brainer for value, but you can see in this report, the numbers really do add up! Right now is the best time to replace your garage door. Not only do we have the highest quality materials, most diverse design opportunities, we also offer you quality, service, and safety to last.

The SECOND TREND we are seeing taking place in the garage is a dedication to safety and security. Protecting the home with an insulated and energy efficient garage door, will support your sustainability and financial goals. But there is more you can do. Installing the modern openers with smart home technology and applications for security lighting controlled through the smart home will bring further confidence. So be sure to talk with your dealer about the options to enhance the safety and security of the garage door through technology offered.

The THIRD TREND is all about design. While Carriage Style doors lead the pack of desired designs, we are seeing more and more modern and glass doors coming down the pipeline. Known for their sleek, simplistic aesthetics that tend to blend both durability and beauty, homeowners are complementing their homes with bold window designs, geometric attributes, diverse colors, and architectural features in the garage door. This trend is promoted by the increased number of purposes people are finding for their garage space and craving the function and the fashion for their door.

Modern Garage Doors 

Euro-Dor Series - Modern Style with staggered lites and custom glass and hand-applied faux stain

Modern garage doors are sleek and alluring with their clean geometric lines, simple proportions, and stylish glass, and they truly add to your home's motif when paired appropriately. This style is descended from international architectural styles, which were developed in the 1920s and 30's and spanned through the latter part of the 1900's with the architectural brilliance of designers like Frank Lloyd Wright.

Due to our process for manufacturing, we are able to add windows and designs to nearly any placement and in any shape you wish to compliment your home as seen in the featured image of a Modern Euro-Dor. Adding glass into your unique preference, whether frosted or otherwise obscured, can control the level of light and privacy in your garage. Selecting the right paint or stain color will complete the look for your updated exterior!


Carriage Style Doors 

Roaring Twenties Series - Carriage Style RT11A Hartford Design with decorative hardware and Cashmere factory finish

Carriage style doors are as timeless as Bette Davis and Greta Garbo's smiles and still as beloved today.

In 1923 C.J. Johnson patented the overhead door that quickly replaced swing style doors on garages across the United States welcoming the Model-T Fords to roll right in. The production of doors that swing up and over the head versus out into the driveway changed life at the time, but we held on to the gorgeous appearance.

One of the predominant features found on a classic American carriage style door are the big windows. This highlight of the product is one to truly make it stand out. Where many others use window inserts or have to joint the pieces together, our tops are made of solid, one-piece vinyl material. This means the entire face of the top, or grille as it is referred to, is one quality sheet of carved material with no joints or inserts to truly replicate the look of wood.

You will often find decorative hardware adorning the face of many carriage style doors. Original swing doors would have straps and hinges to secure them to the frame and provide strength to the structure. They would also have handles at the center to allow the doors to be pulled open. Adding this element to today's overhead doors gives authenticity to the door and complements many homes; however, this feature is not required to allow the beauty of a carriage style door to add impact to any home.


Traditional Garage Doors

Euro-Dor Raised Panel Series - Long panel sections with sunray top design and hand applied faux stain

Traditional raised panel doors are iconic in the garage door industry. When the roll-former was introduced to manufacturers across the country, the opportunity to mass produce with repeatability became a reality. You know these doors. You have seen them since you were a kid, and they served the market well for a long time.

The long and short panels offer symmetry and accommodate nearly any opening. The style presents the appearance of the frame and panel construction used by millworkers for cabinets and furniture. The result is the illusion that a floating panel sits inside the frame except we run the look on one full sheet of composite material. Similarly the recessed panel door is equally as timeless showcasing the pronounced frame with a slightly more shallow, or depressed, panel.

Both styles offer a standard look meant to comply with nearly any design style, but if your home or project has personality beyond Traditional, we have many options for you!


Design your Door

Every Fimbel door we make is uniquely crafted for you. Our doors come in a range of styles and price points with capabilities for customizations to satisfy your design desires. Using multiple design patents with materials and processes engineered for beauty and durability, we offer you more.

It starts with the material and the construction.

  • Vinyl - BEST: Offers beauty, durability, and design flexibility with the look of painted wood but is weather-resistant, so it will not rot, split, or crack like wood. It is virtually maintenance-free and comes naturally white.
  • Wood Composite - BETTER: Has the look and design flexibility of wood or vinyl, but unlike wood it does not require maintenance. Requires initial finishing but can be painted or faux stained regardless of exposure to head and the environment. It will not rot, split, crack, or rust.
  • Both of these options are constructed using a wood frame, insulation, vinyl backcover, and the composite material on the face. This leaves the complete section encased in protective, durable material that is engineered to last.
  • Vinyl-Coated Steel - BETTER: Smooth, natural white finish offers exceptional beauty and options for paint or faux stain finishing. Budget-friendly with many of the benefits of vinyl and steel combined. Weather resistant, durable, dent-resistant, will not rot, split, crack, or rust. This material is then insulated with a vinyl backcover for sustainability.


Using your unique design perspective, ambition, and talent, we offer you the opportunity to complete your vision with the quality and capabilities needed to truly round out your final project. Our doors allow you to capture architectural features used in original period designs or contemporary trends. For example, your windows can be nearly any configuration, any design, and nearly any location to tie features through the home to the garage door! You can accommodate any opening by customizing in 1" height and width increments or matching an uneven floor with a scribed bottom. The face of the door is fully customizable whether it's adding logos and routed designs to geometric shapes and windows to waves or anchors - you name it!


Fimbel Finishing

As you dream of your door coming to life, don't forget to consider your options. The color trends for '22 are calling for warm neutrals, moody blacks and charcoals, and diverse greens, and we can do it all. We are very proud of our factory finish and offer it in both standard and custom paint options but also in an array of hand-applied faux stains. The result is the finest finish in the industry and brings a furniture-like finish to exterior architecture. With a strong warranty and compassion for the earth, our paint is an excellent addition to your garage door.

Using heat-reflective high-performance paint, all Factory Finished products will be delivered with a clean finish to last! While most of our products do not require finishing and may remain natural white, adding color to your project can add the wow-factor that you are after! Our vast and ever-expanding color palette includes blacks, charcoals and dark greens as well as faux stains to truly replicate the look of wood without the maintenance. With solutions for replacement of damaged sections to navigating tough exposures to Do-It-Yourself options, our finish will brighten up your home and increase durability. To read more about it, enjoy this blog.


Before you Commit

A few things to consider as you finalize your color decision (from our previous Blog called "Opening Doors to Color Your World"):

  1. Your entry door is the focal point of your home. You do not have to match it! Do your best to complement it. Focus on matching the quality and design not the color.
  2. The garage door color works best on many homes when it is coordinated to the details of the home: the siding, the windows, the trim.
  3. If the overall design of the home is unique, we invite to think beyond standard doors and make it your own.
  4. While the garage can consume 30% of a home's frontage, the garage door should add to the overall feel - not stick out like a sore thumb. We offer a lot of options to make it unique without making it outlandish!
  5. Be sure you understand the material of the garage door. We know that vinyl can respond to extreme temperatures unfavorably when in dark colors. Be sure you have the right paint product on the right material (again, no worries here for us, because we offer you more).
  6. If you cannot decide on a color, a natural white finish is a tried and true solution! With our product and our ability to offer you the DIY kits, so you can change your mind down the road.
  7. Do you plan to sell your home anytime soon? If so, consider what a potential buyer might want for their garage door! In this case, purchasing a garage door with the after factory option of our DIY kits may be the solution.

Let's do it!

Read more about our American Legends Series and our Estate Collection Series to find your perfect door!

In the world of Fimbel, we do not believe in many limitations. We believe that if you can dream it, we can make it. What makes us different is that we build doors that last, reduce impact on the earth, and require very low maintenance and increased durability allowing you peace of mind. We have the best warranty on the market because we stand behind the product we make. We look forward to seeing your creativity and being able to give you a More in a Garage.

Why wait to bring your new doors home!

Find a dealer today at www.fimbelads.com/dealers. 

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Gain your 2022 Vision

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Add curb appeal to your home by choosing the right window design, placement, and size for your desire! From the big, beautiful windows of classic American carriage house doors to the geometrically shaped and varied placement of modern doors to personalizations for you alone, all Fimbel window sections offer unmatched beauty and durability.

Before we get into what you will find in a window section of a Fimbel door, let's take a look at what you may be surprised not to find:

  • You will not find plastic inserts creating the design.
  • You will not find seams and cracks separating overtime through age and use where the design has been pieced together.
  • You will not find limitations in the size for the width or the height or the corners or the arch or the arches or virtually any other design feature you desire.

What you will NOT find makes your life more durable and more beautiful! To get a closer look at what's offered, we share a PDF at the end of the blog to provide visuals, so read on to get to know our doors (and our company) from the inside out! 

Presidential Series - Adams PR11S Trifold design.

Where many others use window inserts or have to joint the pieces together, our tops are made of solid, one-piece material. This means the entire face of the window section is one quality sheet of carved material to provide the highest quality and customization available.

Value

In the recently published Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine, Garage Door replacement sits at #1 with a whopping 93.8% Return on Investment at resale! Whoa! It is clear that curb appeal is greatly enhanced with a quality garage door!

One way to increase curb appeal is by adding a top section to make the door more inviting. Since 71% of Americans use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home, we proudly offer a warm invite with the nearly unlimited customization as well as beauty and durability of our top sections! 

Presidential Series - Lincoln PR12 with custom lite complimenting various architectural design features yet standing out uniquely.

What sets us apart

Others find themselves limited in their window design options while we have crafted ourselves to be nearly limitless. Because of the single sheet application, we can provide nearly any window configuration and design without inserts. The patented construction of Fimbel doors allows for either larger or smaller window options and are available in 1" height increments (all series) and 1" width increments (excludes the American Legends which offers 3" width increments) for greater flexibility.

The precision fit machining of the Estate Collection allows for a tight seam between the top section and the section below. Where others may have a rounded edge all of our doors with meeting rails will have a precise clean fit.

All of the sections of our doors, including the top section, provide you with a low maintenance lifestyle. Through basic cleaning and annual proper maintenance, you can keep the exterior looking smooth and clean, maintaining the cleanliness of the glass, gives the whole door a shine and the appearance of brand new. 

Euro-Dor Series - Euro Raised Panel with Sunray top design and faux stain.

Get Creative with our Construction

Using patented processes we blend old school craftsmanship with new-school innovations to offer you more in your garage door! You can choose from either the Traditional or Euro style top (shown below) as well as a C-profile or a V-profile (shown below) to complement the details of your home! While we offer a vast library of standard designs from carriage to traditional to modern, we don't stop there!

To truly make this your own, custom designs and arches are available in nearly any configuration of simulated divided lites, but we also invite you to explore our options for scroll tops, architectural designs, and unique window options. You can further make it your own by choosing specialty glass for your door! As you can see from the variety of samples shown below, if you can dream it, we can make it! 

C-grille profile has a rounded design and the V-grille profile has a sharp design.
Traditional style and Euro style tops are available; various design options.

Take a peak!

Depending on the style of your home and door, windows can truly add to the look of a home's overall appearance whether it's at the beach, the suburbs, or the mountains! Take a journey to get an idea of what's available for you!

One with an arch top and 16 lites/windows (left) speaks to the traditional appearance of the home. The open lites of the (right), with the complementary transom, shines with a modern edge. These two literally live beside each other, are built from the same model door, and have been individually selected to complete the varied appearance of the exteriors. Imagine how this style could complement your home with the right design! 

Euro-Dor Series - EU505-Athens (left) with 32” Euro top (16 lites) and EU504-Brussels (right) with 26” Custom top (2 lites)

At Fimbel ADS, much like at Burger King, you can have it 'your way'! We pride ourselves on offering you more in your garage door, and want to inspire you to think beyond the traditional and carriage style designs of many doors today and explore a door with a modern twist! 

Euro-Dor Series - Modern with horizontal v-grooves, rectangle lites, custom glass, and faux stain.

Typically window sections will be designed and installed at the top of the door, but there is no limit to where you can add the windows or the window section! In the image below, the double window section adds to the farmhouse feel of the home! 

Euro-Dor Series - Santorini EU18S with double window section with custom, open lites.

To spruce up the interior and bring in the appearance of true divided lights, we offer an interior grille insert (grille is the technical name for the narrow stips that create the panes of a window). Don't be fooled though, this is not a plastic insert pieced together to complement your design. The same quality of the exterior, visible grille and whatever design and configuration you've chosen, can be replicated on the interior of your Fimbel Door. This small upgrade finishes off the door with a clean, high-end look. 

Roaring Twenties Series - interior grille inserts.

Remember that 'single sheet' construction we mentioned earlier? Here's one area we allow it to shine! Using the same process used to create the standard window designs, we can carve intricate scrollwork (and more) into the design. Using a two-tone paint application, we can then make it look like wrought iron for an elegant and timeless look. 

Presidential Series - Roosevelt PR13A with two tone paint and custom scrollwork.

We love to honor history and the incredible evolution of architecture over time, so preserving history through restorations makes our hearts swell. But we know those projects can often have unique openings and demands from local historic preservation organizations. For this we are able to customize the size of the door as well as any arches or designs. Custom and elliptical arches are available as well as Colonial corners and so much more! 

American Legends Series - McCormick LV15A with custom arch top.
Roaring Twenties Series - Detroit RT11S with Traditional style top and custom arches.

Not only does a window section add to the overall design of the door, adding this element will add natural light to your garage! 

American Legends Series interior.

Insulated Glass Package:

With options for an insulated glass package you can avoid condensation and other unsightly results when combining a heated or temperature controlled garage with insulated glass. This package will add a more robust set of interior hardware to accommodate the weight of the insulated glass itself, but we can engineer our way around anything and make sure your door functions as it should. For more information, you can catch up on the conversation by reading our Condensation Blog.

With this package you can improve energy efficiency and avoid condensation as well as keep heat in during the winter and keep heat out during warmer temperatures. Managing the temperature of your garage reduces the demands on your home's heating system and finances. 

Euro-Dor Series - Athens EU505 with custom arch top and faux stain.

Here's what NOT to do:

Brace yourselves - the following images may be upsetting to anyone who loves garage doors the way we do. Each of these projects could be properly designed to complement the opening rather than simply closing it, and we have the solutions to do just that at Fimbel ADS.

This first example is just all wrong. The American Legends doors were made as they were ordered, but the options to make it right were not addressed.

  1. Note that the doors are even with one another - the driveways are at different elevations. This small impact shows the difference in the reveal (the exposed material) at the top. We could have addressed this issue by adjusting the size of each section to keep the sections like up and the reveal at the top even with the other.
  2. Note that the corners of the window section are covered by the opening's Colonial Corner design (sometimes referred to as clipped, Dutch, or chamfered corner). This issue is seen all too often and can be easily addressed by sending us the measurements to complement the opening. 

In our experience over the last (almost) 100 years in the industry, we believe that custom openings deserve custom arches. As seen in this image, the custom arch of the opening is not the same as the standard arch we offer. Do you see the difference in the reveal from the middle to the sides? This could have been easily addressed with a few basic measurements. We believe your home deserves the best. That is all… 

And one more with the arch issue mentioned above. This project has a custom 'salmon' color factory finish to complement the bronze details around the home's architecture; however, the ample reveal in the middle is in contrast to the lack of reveal at the corners. This small aspect detracts from the quality that surrounds the detail. 

Why Replace the Garage Door

The most obvious reason to replace your garage door is to improve the curb appeal of the home. The term applies to the aesthetic appeal of a residential or commercial building as perceived from the street, and it was made popular in the 90's with the release of HGTV's show "Curb Appeal". As you may know, the entry door of most homes only constitutes 8% of the home's frontage while the garage door often consumes 30%, we can see the potential for impact with a new door. With the impressive ROI, utilizing the capabilities we offer through our manufacturing as well as additional options such as finishing and hardware, updating the garage door is a slam dunk! To learn more about designing like an architect, please enjoy the attached blog post where we take you through the process!

We manufacture our doors using smooth, solid Versatex for our unfinished doors and innovative, durable Tricoya for our factory finished products. For the factory finished doors, we use AquaSurTech paint products for not only their quality finish but their durability and commitment to the planet. We are pleased to offer this to you in virtually any custom color and faux stain.

Fimbel doors offer you a low-maintenance lifestyle. The clean appearance of the door should last for years to come with a gentle clean with mild soap and water. No harsh abrasives or undue elbow grease necessary.

Fimbel doors are manufactured to be safety first. You, your family, your home, and your belongings will rest safely behind our door. Our doors are engineered for durability! We know that poorly fitted doors are not only unsightly but also allow unwanted openings. Since we can match nearly any opening, weather, burglars, and bugs will not have access to your home through the garage door, and our energy efficient construction allows you to conserve on financial costs and increase comfort!

Let's do it!

You will not find a more durable, customizable, and sustainable door in the garage door industry.Using our one piece construction method to eliminate the gaps at joints and unsightly plastic inserts of other door models, our interior grille option enhances the character and depth of the top section!

We pride ourselves on the ability to offer you solutions! We offer everything from

creative designs to funky features to matching uneven floors and odd heights and widths. Whether it is aligning with the requests of the local historical society, fulfilling a technical

or design challenge, or simply satisfying a whim, we are enthusiastic about taking on your vision and building to your one-of-a-kind requirements!

Find a dealer by visiting our dealer locator and let's get started on your perfect door!

Download our Product Guide here!

Link to our online Glass Section Literature. 

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The Technical Side of Beauty

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We talk a lot about our factory finish. We talk about the aesthetics and the application and the lasting satisfaction, but today we will dig a little deeper into the technical side of beauty. Beyond the artisan craftsmanship to apply the color into what's beneath the surface, and why does it matter?

If you want to skip the details and head right to the final result, you're welcome to head back to our blog posts from September with the nuts and bolts of our factory finish or our six steps to designing your door, but if you want to dig in further, stick around! 

Image: American Legends LV13-S Wright with Fimbel Green factory finish.

Fimbel Factory Finish is exclusively applied by a skilled and trained team of finishers utilizing a four-layer proprietary process. The result is the highest quality finish in the garage door industry and that of architectural paints and applications. Additionally - we choose products and partners with a shared passion for preserving Mother Earth, and our paint operations support our vision for a cleaner, greener world!

We use AquaSurTech D200 High Performance Paint system that has been thoroughly tested and is the best paint on the market for our applications. This is an exterior waterborne/water based coating system designed for sustainability and aesthetics and is considered non-hazardous by EPA standards. D200 exceeds all environmental and performance standards. To look further into their materials and commitments to sustainability, find their website here. 

Image: American Legends Raised Panel with Sunray top and faux stain.

Some of the highlights of D200 go beyond its beautiful surface. It is extremely fast air dry and quick clean up offers efficient processes for in-factory and DIY finishing. It utilizes superior technology by providing a molecular bond and has exceptional heat reflectance along with long term color/gloss retention. It is formulated with heat reflective pigments to minimize heat gain for dark colors allowing for the vast color options in our palette regardless of exposure. The weather resistance of D200 doubles that of other paints as it is solar reflective and has high resistance to UV, salt, and other environmental factors. It also provides stone, chip, and grit erosion resistance.

The finishing program offers myriad options to satisfy the needs of your project. From solid colors covering the entire door or perhaps used in a two-tone application, we offer custom color matching in addition to our extensive standard offerings. 

Image: Roaring Twenties RT15-A Patterson with two-tone paint finish.

The magic of this paint system is the versatility allowing us to create our faux stain! Using a two part process of the same paint we use to coat our doors, our team of Artisans use their trained

hands to apply first the grain design and then the top coat offering the final overall richness of color. The result of this process allows us to increase grain depth or decrease it as needed as well as custom color match to your desired finish.

Highlights of our Finishing System:

  • Using our application, we deliver a cabinet-like finish
  • Long lasting for continued satisfaction
  • Custom color matching available
  • Water-based coating
  • Safe, odorless, and non-toxic
  • Passes test requirements for AAMA615 (Organic Coatings on Plastic Substrates)
  • Low heat absorption due to heat reflectant pigments
  • Excellent adhesion and abrasion resistance
  • Excellent elasticity can withstand thermal expansion
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Low VOC
  • Non-flammable
  • Lead and chromate free
Image: Roaring Twenties RT17A Norfolk with faux stain and decorative hardware.

In addition to all of this, we offer a reliable and lasting 10 year factory finish warranty that covers the longevity and durability of the products we craft. We proudly offer a door with a low-maintenance lifestyle, but it is important that the doors are properly maintained to be covered under normal conditions from peeling, cracking, blistering, or significant ultraviolet discoloration.

Additionally, we offer a 3 year application warranty which applies to the paint or stain application and any failures as a result of the application process. Additionally, aligning with our 3 year limited door warranty, it covers any other commercial defects in material and workmanship.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality, safety, and satisfaction, so you can count on us to provide the right door with the right finish for you and Mother Earth. For more details and to take a peek at our standard paint and stain offerings, visit our website at www.fimbelads.com. 

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